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By Scott Lipsett
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About this project

Help us bring the Clown in the Closet to life and you can become part of a new Halloween tradition! Our parody on the popular Elf on the Shelf®*, the Clown is a scare prank doll with evil, flashing eyes and a sinister laugh that are triggered by light. Hide him anywhere it's dark - closet, drawer, cabinet, glove box, etc. (get creative!) - and the next person to find him gets a startling surprise. Now, it's their turn to hide him and the game continues. The original concept was a tradition that would start October 1 and be a lead-in to Halloween - much as the Elf brings in Christmas - but the truth is the Clown is too much fun to only use for one month, and we're sure he will be hiding all year long.

We need funds to make an initial production run of Clowns - we already have the tooling and electronics completed, and have made about a dozen production prototypes. All the hard work is done - now we need your help to make LOTS of Clowns so more people can share in the fun.

14" plush doll with glowing eyes and sinister laugh
14" plush doll with glowing eyes and sinister laugh

The Clown is a 14" plush doll featuring a weighted bottom for easy shelf sitting, and hook and loop pads on hands and feet for hanging, attaching to walls, clothes, you name it! The hook and loop pads also create the possibility of having the Clown hold objects. A knife, power drill or hammer just adds to the character (and the scare). He's powered by two AAA batteries which are included. The electronics arm after a few seconds in the dark and then a change in light level (such as when the closet door opens) triggers the laugh and glowing eyes.

Get creative with posing the Clown!
Get creative with posing the Clown!

Like the Elf which has developed such a cult following, we're counting on YOU to get creative with the Clown, and we have had a blast posing him with other toys, make-shift weapons, dangerous-looking chemicals - you name it. We encourage you to show off your best work via our social media accounts and will recognize the truly creative with premium merchandise.

Just remember, this is supposed to be FUN! Hiding the Clown for your three-year-old niece to find, or your elderly Grandma with a bad heart, will be frowned upon most seriously. And, you have to let other people have a turn. Part of the fun is the anticipation of seeing where the Clown will turn up next.

Runner-up Best New Product at this year's Halloween & Party Expo
Runner-up Best New Product at this year's Halloween & Party Expo

This Kickstarter campaign gives you a unique opportunity to become part of starting a new holiday tradition which could go on for years to come. Halloween needs a mascot, and we believe the Clown can become the official ambassador of the Halloween season. We hope you will join us! There are reward levels that offer one, two, three, or even 12 Clowns, all at a substantial savings off the future retail price. Or, we have a few very special limited rewards detailed below.

Pledge $100 or more...

Signed limited edition print of our box art by artist Mark Melton
Signed limited edition print of our box art by artist Mark Melton

Pledge $100 or more and in addition to two Clown in the Closet dolls, receive a signed, limited edition print of our spectacular package art by artist Mark Melton. Mark is an accomplished artist who has published several comic books, and produced a complete art series homage to Tim Burton. Click here to see more of Mark's work in his Etsy shop.

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Very limited edition handmade porcelain Clown
Very limited edition handmade porcelain Clown

For the true connoisseur of scary clowns, doll artist Barbara Paul has created a VERY limited series of handmade porcelain Clown in the Closet dolls, astonishingly equipped with all the electronics of the standard doll. For people who already find porcelain dolls creepy (and we know that is most of you), imagine one that lights up and laughs! For a very select few, this is destined to become a highly collectible art piece designating the creation of this new tradition. This reward package also includes two standard dolls for everyday use.

*Elf on the Shelf is a registered trademark of CCA&B LLC and is not affiliated with Clown in the Closet.

Risks and challenges

While any new project comes with risks, the Clown is ready to go into mass production. Our team here has decades of experience manufacturing much more complex items than the Clown, and if our funding goal is met, these dolls will get made. Maybe the boat could sink on the way over, or get hijacked by pirates, but barring that, we do not foresee any difficulty. And we expect they will arrive in plenty of time for Halloween this year.

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    Clown Ambassador

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    Three Clown in the Closet dolls. Just think of the mayhem you're creating now...

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    Want to help spread the Clown around? Buy 10 Clowns at our great $15 price, and get 2 extra Clowns FREE. A full case to share or sell to help spread the word.

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    Clown Connoisseur

    Two Clown in the Closet dolls, plus our extremely limited, handmade, porcelain Clown doll. Assembled and painted by doll-making artist Barbara Paul. This 24" doll is heirloom quality, and will become the focal point of any room.

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